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Education
3:30 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Legislators Considering Efforts to Advance Digital Education in Kentucky

Kentucky lawmakers are trying to figure out how the state can improve digital learning across all classrooms in the commonwealth. The General Assembly has formed a task force to review possible legislative changes that encourage using technology in schools.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Kentucky Looks to Recruit More Minority Leaders in Education

Only about 20% of public school superintendents in Kentucky are women, and there’s currently only one minority in that role. Applications are being accepted through August 13th for the Kentucky Department of Education's Minority Superintendent Intern Program.

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Politics
2:11 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Rand Paul Decides to Postpone Vote on Foreign Aid to Pakistan

Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who is facing a life sentence in Pakistan.

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator is delaying his call for a vote on ending American aid to Pakistan. Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul says he’s only putting off the vote because Islamabad has postponed Doctor Shakil Afridi’s appeal of the life sentence given to him by a Pakistan court.

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Regional
2:48 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Governor Beshear: New Drug Law Already Making Impact

State officials say a measure passed by the General Assembly this spring is making an impact on Kentucky's prescription drug abuse epidemic. The legislation known as House Bill 1 established tougher regulations of clinics that prescribe controlled substances such as oxycontin and other pain killers.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Kentucky Senator Planning Vote to End Pakistan Aid

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says he now has the support he needs to force a vote on ending U.S. aid to Pakistan.  Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul made the claim on the Senate floor Tuesday. Paul has been trying to sever financial assistance to the Pakistani government since it jailed Shakil Afridi, the physician who helped the U.S. find and kill Osama bin Laden.

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Regional
2:44 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Defense Rests in Murray State Arson Trial

Experts argued over fire simulation software Tuesday during the re-trial of Jerry Wayne Walker.  Now 36, Walker is on trial for allegedly starting a fatal 1998 dorm fire at Murray State University. 

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Business
1:40 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

No Downturn Seen in Kentucky's Bourbon Production

The Four Roses distillery in Lawrencburg, Ky
Kevin Willis

The bad national economy hasn't put a dent in one of Kentucky's signature exports. In fact, bourbon production has increased 115% over the past 13 years, according to Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers Association.

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Education
3:20 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tuition, Pay Set to Increase at Kentucky Community Colleges

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s board has approved a tuition increase and raises for full-time staff for next year.  The state’s Council on Post-Secondary Education still needs to grant final approval this Thursday, but the KCTCS is within the council’s 4% tuition cap. 

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Economy
1:29 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Commission Seeking to Overhaul Kentucky Tax Code Wants Your Input

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission are seeking public comment to help develop recommendations on overhauling the state tax code. Abramson says around 100 people attended the first of six regional public hearings Tuesday night.  The commission wraps up public meetings in August and will have three months to finish the plan by a November deadline. Once complete, Abramson is hopeful the plan will pass the legislature.

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